SPEAKER ROSALIND MIRANDA.
This talk was inspired by an article by Denise Murrell, who did her doctoral thesis on unnamed black models in famous Western artworks.
It starts with sub-Saharan African art from 70,000 years ago in South Africa, then some from Niger, Benin bronzes, & wooden sculptures.
Next, Western artists who were influenced by Afrtican art around the start of the 20th century:
Vlaminck – Derain – Modigliani – Matisse – Picasso
Then, black models in Western art:
Manet’s Olympia, etc
Géricault’s model at the apex of the Raft of the Medusa
To end, four of the many blacks who have “made it” as artists:
Edmonia Lewis, an African-American woman sculptress, 1844-1907
Elizabeth Catlett, American, 1915-2012
Jean Michel Basquiat, American, 1960-1988
Chris Ofili, British (No Woman No Cry), b 1968